Character aside, it's hard to argue with the production: Rose owns the major league record for most hits (4,256), games played (3,562), and at bats (14,053). He edges A.J. Foyt, probably the most brilliant race car driver this country has ever produced, by a car length.
Runner-up: A.J. Foyt.
Worthy of consideration: Ernie Banks, Bob Cousy, Otto Graham, Don Hutson, Oscar Robertson, Y.A. Tittle.
Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./SI